Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh unit of the National People’s Party (NPP) on Friday urged the Pema Khandu-led BJP government in the state to call an all-party meeting over the Assam-Arunachal boundary dispute to build a consensus on the same and subsequently hold discussion with its Assam counterpart to solve the long-pending issue.
It may be mentioned here that Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu had earlier stated that Arunachal and Assam in principle agreed to sort out the inter-state boundary issue out-of-court, for which the state government already started its homework.
Expressing disappointment over the recent Assam-Mizoram border clash, Mutchu Mithi, newly appointed Arunachal Pradesh NPP president, said, “We also have a boundary dispute with Assam which has been going on for several years. I know that our state government has started talks with Assam counterpart on boundary dispute. But since this a long vexed issue, we want the State government to call an all-party meeting as early as possible to build a consensus on the same and subsequently hold discussion with its Assam counterpart to solve the issue.”
“Everything in a democratic set-up can only be solved when a consensus is build. We believe that an amicable solution can be found to solve this issue.
We don’t want, what happened between Assam and Mizoram, any such unfortunate incident to happen between Assam and Arunachal.
Arunachal government has to be very cautious and take views of every political party here and then go ahead for discussion with its Assam counterpart.
It is going to take time, it is not going to happen overnight, the NPP lawmaker from Roing Assembly constituency while addressing a presser at the Arunachal Press Club (APC) here.
Endorsing Mithi, NPP state convener Jarpum Gamlin said, “Several districts of Arunachal share boundary with Assam. The State government should be very careful. Even state Border Affairs Department should be very concerned of the views of the affected tribes along the boundary with Assam.”
“State government should call an all-party meeting not only once, twice or thrice on this issue. Not only NPP’s, all parties, including, Congress and People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) inputs should be taken.
It should also hold discussion with intellecdiscussionshe state on the same. We don’t want any such unfortunate incident like Assam and Mizoram,” he added.
Meanwhile, an inter-state border districts coordination meeting between the administrative, police and forest officers of Dibrugarh (Assam) and Tirap district (Arunachal Pradesh) was held at Deomali sub-division of Tirap on Friday.
In the meeting, it was decided to maintain status-quo coordination and cordial relationship between the people of both the state at ground level in the border area adjoining Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, the District Information and Public Relation (DIPR) said in a communique.